I am so excited and humbled to say I’ve been nominated for the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award. A big thank you to Erika from Erika the Bibliophile for the nomination. My whole blogging experience so far has been a whirlwind of excitement. I am so happy that people are not only reading my reviews but enjoying them. Thank you everyone for your support and lovely literary comments.
Without further ado, the rules of the award:
Thank the blogger who nominated you, linking back to their site.
Put the Award logo on your blog.
Answer the ten questions sent to you.
Make up ten new questions for your nominees to answer.
Nominate ten blogs.
1. Did you have a book that meant a lot to you as a child?
The book that immediately comes to mind is Karen Hesse’s Out of the Dust. This is a novel, told entirely in prose poetry, about a young girl’s struggles growing up in the Dust Bowl. This novel really hit home for me because my grandmother grew up in the Dust Bowl in Texas. The Dust Bowl was the reason her family moved to California looking for more opportunities. Reading the novel was like listening to my grandmother and great grandmother tell me stories about dust storms and the thick coating of dust on everything in the house that you just couldn’t get rid of.
2. Is there any author of book that you collect and will always welcome multiple editions of the same title?
Since about the age of 6 I’ve been collecting Nancy Drew novels. It was my lifelong goal, at 8, to possess all the Nancy Drew novels ever writing, including spin offs. I currently have all of the yellow hard backed books and a few of the Nancy Drew files but would always love more. Especially original Nancy Drews from the 1930s.
3. Say that you find yourself judging a book by its cover (not that we ever do that!); what sort of covers do you go for? Are there any that are an absolute turn off?
I guess I would say I really like the more minimalist covers. The covers that have one or two images that somehow relate and connect to the novel but you have to read the book in order to find out what that connection is. For example, the cover of Ghost Story, at the least the edition I have, is just the title and then next to that is a picture of a wasp pin/broach. I love that the image is simple yet powerful, and if you read the novel, you will know that it’s an extremely important image. The covers I like the least are the ones where there is just too much going on and then the novel cover is a bit cheesy.
4. If you could pick any imaginary animal to bring home to mom with an earnest, “Can we keep him??”, what animal would it be?
A dragon all the way! I would love to ride the dragon around the world and see the sights. Like the kid in Neverending Story rides his dog dragon thing.
5. Is there any book to movie adaptation that you simply refuse to watch? No way, no how, you’re not even giving them the opportunity to mess it up?
Not that I can think of. I honestly love watching how screenwriter’s adapt a novel from page to screen and to see the novels come to life in the movie theater.
6. What is the most unusual book you’ve ever read? (Plot, writing style, chapter layout, etc?)
The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick. I love that the novel is like reading a silent motion picture from the 1920s. The illustrations interspersed with the text are absolutely breathtaking.
7. Is there any book or series that you’ve read that is so totally outside of your normal genre, but you loved it and would recommend it to others as a “take a risk!” type of book?
This novel isn’t exactly outside of my reading genre but it is a novel that almost no one I know has read or even heard of. My take a risk recommendation would be We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson. Many know her as the author of the short story The Lottery and the classic ghost story The Haunting of Hill House, but in my personal opinion We Have Always Lived in the Castle is one of her best works. It’s so terrifying and human all at the same time.
8. Do you have any bookish collections, or anything you covet and hope to someday collect? Candles, artwork, bookcases?
I don’t really have anything I collect that’s super bookish. I can always use another bookcase but that’s more a practical need than anything else. I do have some bookish book bags that I wouldn’t mind owning more of. I recently got a lithograph bag of Pride and Prejudice and also have a bag of Agatha Christie’s Evil Under the Sun. Both of which are amazingly beautiful.
9. What book has been on your TBR pile the longest, but you just can’t convince yourself to pick it up?
I would say either Elizabeth Kostova’s novel The Swan Thieves or Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina have been on my TBR pile the longest. The first because I’m so afraid this novel will not be nearly as good as The Historian, which I loved so much, and the latter because every time I pick it up I just feel like I’m not in the right frame of mind. I don’t know about you guys, but when I read certain books I have to be in the right mood for them. Every time I pick up Anna Karenina I just feel like if I’m not in the perfect frame of mind I won’t do the book justice. But both will make an appearance on my Book Battle to get them off my TBR pile!
10. You get a $500 gift card for all things bookish-do you run to your nearest bookstore and spend like a fiend? Or do you create pro/con lists (a la Rory Gilmore) to make sure you get just the right and perfect and wonderful bookish things? Or are you eyeing a particularly expensive bookcase somewhere?
If I’m going to be honest, I am the person that would immediately take that gift card, go to a used bookstore, and search the bargain dollar books for finds so that my money will stretch the farthest and I can buy the most books, which I have no room for. I would probably get so caught up in buying the bargain books I would forget about the books I originally came to buy.
I’m not sure who has and who hasn’t received this award in the past, if you haven’t and are not on the list please feel free to join in, and if you have received the award and groan at the mere sight of the questions feel free to disregard the nomination. I’m also going to use the same questions as are on here. I think it would be fun to see what other people have to say about each question to get a good literary type conversation going.
Lynn @ Lynn’s Book Blog
The Bookish God
Kimberly @ Come Hither Books
Coffee n’ Notes
Stephanie @ Stephanie’s Book Reviews
Away in Neverland
Books and Cleverness
Story and Somnomancy
Jewish Books Are Awesome
Have an amazing day. Happy reading!